Ambruso, Dean of Students Rick Swol, Precision Machine Department Head Jim Carten from Windham Tech and Tim Duggan from Alpha Q in Colchester discuss the Connecticut Technical High School System and the Work-Based Learning Program. Windham Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Catina Caban-Owen and ECSU juniors Cindy Archibald and Sam Martin talk about the Windham Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect and Saturday's "Take Time of Play" event. Earth Day Earth Day: Marcy Dawley, Project Administrator with The Last Green Valley, and Dan Mullins, Board of Directors and founder of Willimantic Whitewater Partnership, and Executive Director of Eastern CT Conservation District. Mountain Dairy EARTH DAY WEEK: Josh Stearns, Owner and 10th Generation Farmer, Paul Brody, CEO, and Lisa Ennis, Director of Sales talk about the history of Mountain Dairy in Mansfield. Dark Skies EARTH DAY WEEK: Optics and Photonics Educator Judy Donnelly and Matt Donnelly, head of the math department at St Bernard High School talk about the light pollution and International Dark Sky Week. Willimantic Wildlife Habitat and butterflies Pam Wright updates the Willimantic Wildlife Habitat Initiative, discusses the diminishing number of monarch butterflies, the Mayor's Monarch Pledge, and tells how Willimantic has been officially certified as one of only two cities in Connecticut to be certified as a wildlife habitat. Sports concussions Deb Shulansky, Director of Community Outreach & Support with the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut and former UConn quarterback Casey Cochran discuss the serious issues behind concussions in sports. ECSU CREATE ECSU Professor of Geology and Assistant Chair Department of Environmental Earth Science Dickson Cunningham talks about CREATE--Celebrating Research Excellence and Artistic Talent at Eastern--the universitys annual conference showcasing student research and creative activity, geology topics and his world travel. Joshua's Trust and The Last Green Valley Micheal Hveem, Executive Director of Joshua's Trust, Marcy Dawley, Project Administrator with The Last Green Valley Project Administrator and hike leader Carl Lindquist talk about the 50th anniversary of Joshua's Trust and hidden trails in Joshua's Trust. Baseball season 2016 Baseball talk on the first day of baseball season with Mets fan Howard Epstein, Yankees fan David Jacobs, Cardinals fan Dennis O'Brien and Red Sox fan Wayne Norman. Osteogenesis Imperfecta Debbie Zinzalet and her 11-year old daughter Lexi Charbonneau who is wheelchair bound and suffers from the rare disease Osteogenesis Imperfecta and has had 72 broken bones in her lifetime. Jane O'Donnell talk about ants and beetles, and their new National Science Foundation grant to support integration of the Carl and Marian Rettenmeyer Ant Guest Collection into the UConn Biodiversity Research Collections facility. Judge Michael Riley The Administrative Judge for the Windham Judicial District Michael Riley discusses Restraining orders/Orders of Protection, Early Release Program, self-represented parties and how cases are heard in this district, and his fleet of classic taxis. Governor's Prevention Partnership Jill Spineti, President and CEO of the Governor's Prevention Partnership talks about opioid and heroin addiction and the new "Mind your Meds" initiative. Houman Rezaizadeh, UConn Health Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology) discusses the latest in Acid Reflux (GERD), an incredibly common condition, what people can do, and the latest treatments. Saint Mary's-Saint Joseph's School Principal Abbey Demars and first grade teacher Sister Joan Marie from St, Mary-St. Pramod Srivastava, Director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at UConn Health discusses a groundbreaking new vaccine to prevent recurrence of ovarian cancer. Planting Pencils Middle school student Ishaan Patel and Dr. Harrison Judd Photographer, digital artist, and creative archivist Harrison Judd talks about his photography and his art exhibit in tribute to Windham artist J. History of the Pulaski American Citizens Club in Willimantic Dr.
Professor and Assistant Chair, Eastern Connecticut State University Biology Department discusses Connecticuts role in space, the final frontier. ACT Video award winners Tyler Mainville (Student Director), Kevin Kissane (PSA Writer), Dimitris Sfakios(Lyrics and music), Patrick Blair (Production) and Media Technology Teacher Dan Boisvert from the Arts at the Capitol Theater Magnet School, talk about their first place finish in the Connecticut DMV's annual Teen Safe Driving Video Contest. Jeff Calissi, chair of Eastern Connecticut State University's Music Program, discusses pop music, from Elvis to the Beatles and the Monkees. Wooden spoons Nine-inch wooden spoon collector Norman Stevens talks about the spoons in his new book "A Gathering of Spoons: The Design Gallery of the World's Most Stunning Spoons." Airdate: December 13, 2012.
Froehlich discusses the business of prosecuting, and her cases involving drugs, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. Shaboo Reunion 2010 David Foster, Bruce John, Lynn Duval and Wayne Norman talk about "Shaboo Legends at the Mill Museum and Thirsty Frog" and tell stories of the legendary Shaboo years. ACT Video students Josh Cranmer, Joey Schweizer and Evan Fulton Video students from ACT--Arts at the Capitol Theater--Josh Cranmer, Evan Fulton and Joey Schweizer, talking about their project that got them a trip to the CBS Early Show in New York. CRIS Radio --Connecticut's talking newsstand for the blind Executive Director Diane Weaver Dunne, with Board of Directors members Wayne Mulligan, Tom Grossi, and Carol Taylor discuss CRIS Radio--The Connecticut Radio Information System. Windham BIGG PLAY and Willimantic Main Street history Bill Shea, Jay Handfield, and Fran Santa Lucia from Windham BIGG PLAY talk about this year's baseball trip to China and reflect on the old days of Main Street, Willimantic. Windham co-historian Jamie Eves Windham's Town co-historian Jamie Eves talks about the history of Windham's Town Hall, and the renovated ballroom where the "Snow Ball" will take place. UConn Mens Basketball manager Kyle Lyddy Former UConn Men's Basketball team manager Kyle Lyddy talks about his new book "From My Seat," which chronicles the Huskies road to the 2009 Final Four. Ruth Ridgeway on the origin of street names in Willimantic and Windham Former Windham town historian and Romantic Willimantic "Cupid," the late Ruth Ridgeway tells the history of street names in Windham. Robinson is a former Mansfield and Coventry resident who survived the crash. Sam Kassman and Monty Heon Monty Heon of Lebanon, who won a new Acer Aspire laptop from WILI and The Computer Tamers for his grandfather, Sam Kassman. Ricklin, discuss Witches Among Us: A Reconsideration of Witchcraft Studies. WILI's 50th Anniversary: Jeff Hathaway and Mike Enright WILI's 50th anniversary: UConn Athletics Director Jeff Hathaway and SID Mike Enright make a special presentation to WILI for its commitment to UConn athletics. WILI's 50th Anniversary: Herb Rice WILI's 50th anniversary: Former Chairman of the Board of the Nutmeg Broadcasting Company, the late Herbert C.
Rice, reading his message on WILI's 25th anniversary in 1982.
Original airdate: August 28, 2014."I Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence" Joan Merritt from the Soroptimist Club, Patti Sue Brown from United Services Domestic Violence Program, Maria Busineau from the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut, and retired Willimantic Police Lt. Airdate: November 3, 2015."A Journey To The Gallows" Authors Vic Butsch and Tommy Coletti discuss "A Journey To The Gallows"--about Norwich hero Aaron Dwight Stevens and his role in the start of the Civil War. Dick is blind--Gary is his "coach." Airdate: September 23, 2010. Adrian has been featured on 20/20 and other national programs. Ken Best Ken Best, editor of the UConn alumni magazine "Traditions", and the author of the rock and roll history anthology, "Eight Days a Week: An Illustrated Record of Rock n Roll." Original airdate: January 3, 2007Mel Johnson and Ellen Brodie Actor Mel Johnson, Jr.
Mary Beth Curtis, who's now with the State Attorney's office discuss "Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence with the Soroptimists of Willimantic." Airdate: November 17, 2015Life aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman--the pride of the American fleet--based in Norfolk Virginia. Preschooler play Eastern Connecticut State University Early Childhood Education Professor Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and ECSU Professor of Education Sudha Swaminathan discuss how play in pre-school helps early math learning. Susan Johnson and Mae Flexer State Senator Mae Flexer and State Representative Susan Johnson discuss issues that affect Eastern Connecticut, including Windham Hospital cuts, state budget issues, Medicare and Medicaid, and domestic violence. Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy discusses the implementation of an aggressive new anti-domestic violence program called "Men Make A Difference." Airdate: September 13, 2010. Michael Foster, Mark Easton and David Pendragon from Avalanche Local musicians Michael Foster, Mark Easton and David Pendragon from the rock and roll group Avalanche talk about their music and about the old days of bands who played in the Windham area. Windham High School Class of 1960 Dan Twomey, Wayne Cormier, Ed Haddad, and Jean (Bradfield) Moore from Windham High School's Class of 1960 talk about their WHS years and the upcoming 50th reunion. and ECSU Performing Arts Professor Ellen Brodie discuss Mel's performance in "Frederick Douglass: In The Shadow Of Slavery." Mel played Mufasa on Broadway in "The Lion King," as Benny the cab driver in "Total Recall," and as Broca in "Star Trek: Deep Space 9." AIrdate: February 11, 2008.
Truman Lieutenant commander John Fage of Norwich, Public Affairs Officer for the U. Airdate: November 6, 2015.2015 Connecticut Veterans Parade Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Kristopher E. Legendary Capitol Records promotion man Merv Amols Legendary former Capitol Records promoter Merv Amols and local music raconteur Gary Pomo talk about the old days of music. Airdate: August 5, 2010Miss Connecticut 2010 and Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen 2010 Miss Connecticut 2010 Brittany Decker from Bristol and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen 2010 Logan West from Southington. Bernard van Zyl on how adult stem cell therapy saved his life Scientist, author, and speaker Bernie van Zyl talks about stem cell research, applications, and controversy. Windham States Attorney Patricia Froehlich Connecticut State's Attorney Patricia M. Jeffrey Danforth -- Children's Mental Health ECSU Psychology Professor Jeffrey Danforth talks about children's mental health issues--including depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, autism, conduct disorders, and child abuse. Windham's Legacy Jim Baran, President of Windham Performing Arts Alumni, Joe Tomanelli, Coordinator of Music for Windham Public Schools, and Steve Kaminski, producer of the documentary "Windham's Legacy." Airdate: March 2, 2010. Wendell and Florence Minor Best-selling illustrator Wendell Minor and author Florence Minor talk about their 40 children's books, including "Look To The Stars" (with astronaut Buzz Aldrin), "If You Were a Penguin," and "The Last Polar Bear." Wendell and Florence will be signing books at the Connecticut Children's Book Fair at UConn this weekend. Major Michael Goba Major Michael Goba, Chief of Civil Law for the 18th Airborne Corps updates his career and travels with the U. Army, and talks about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sandy Taylor tribute at ECSU ECSU Professors Claudia Widdiss and Jim Russell talk about the legacy of the late Sandy Taylor and an October 24 scholarship fundraiser in his name. Avon Mountain Crash Author Mark Robinson talks about the 2005 Avon Mountain crash and his new book "Smoke, Fire, and Angels". November Ray of Sunshine award winer RIchard Kelley WILI's November Ray of Sunshine award winner Richard Kelley with Mohegan Sun Director of Sports and Entertainment Bob Yalen. Witches Among Us Rebecca Taber-Conover, Director of Education, Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, and ECSU Education professor Leslie P. Joseph School Sister Mary Patrick, principal of St. (David) Foster talks about his new CD "The Real Thing" and his January 16 concert at Windham High School to benefit Windham's Music Department. Airdate: May 10, 2013The legacy of Francelia Butler Mansfield librarian Norman Stevens talks about the legacy of the late UConn English professor Francelia Butler, who specialized in children's literature. Author Bob Steele Author and former 2nd District Congressman Robert Steele discusses his novel "The Curse: Big-Time Gamblings Seduction of a Small New England Town," and talks about his father, legendary WTIC morning announcer Bob Steele. The American Thread Company smokestack June Bisantz and Harrison Judd talk about "End of an Era: Past Identity/Future Vision"--celebrating the life and recent demolition of the American Thread Company smokestack. Howard Epstein on Dan Rather UConn Professor Howard Epstein talks about anti-Dan Rather bumper stickers saying I'D RATHER BE IN WILLIMANTIC that he's distributing after Rather's negative portrayal of Willimantic on 60 Minutes II and Rather's recent speech in Willimantic. Hall of Fame All American Red Heads basketball team Historian John Molina with Gail Marks from Willimantic, Pat Overman (player for 12 years, scoring over 25,000 points), and Ben Overman (coach for 13 years) from the Naismith Hall of Fame bound All American Red Heads women's basketball team which barnstormed around the USA from 1936 to 1986. Miss Connecticut program Miss Connecticut 2011 Morgan Amarone (Hamden) and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen 2012 Jaine` Coann Lefebvre (Glastonbury) discuss the competition, and their work to fight cancer and promote skateboard safety. Healthy changes to school lunch menus Windham Public Schools Food Services Director Ernie Koschmieder and Norwich Public Schools Food Services Director Roberta Jacobs talk about healthy changes in the school breakfast/lunch programs. Clyde Washburn Former ECSU softball and basketball coach Clyde Washburn talks about the legacy of Roy Dissinger, Bill Dissinger, Peter Vanderman and "Roy's Boys" to the Windham area. Bev York local history Historian Bev York talks about our "Connecticut Hero" Nathan Hale, Coventry's 300th birthday, Windham's 320's birthday, local museums, and local civil war heroes. Steve Wisensale -- Baseball and Society UConn Department of Human Development & Family Studies Professor Steven Wisensale discusses "Baseball and Society: Politics, Economics, Race and Gender." Airdate: May 10, 2012. Alicia Lyon Folberth, the High Priestess and President of the Panthean Temple, formerly known as the Pagan Community Church, discusses Wicca, witches and witchcraft. Consumer Reports automotive testing David Champion, Consumer Reports Director of Automobile testing talks about vehicle testing, car and driver safety, the new car market and the test track in East Haddam, Ct. ECSU Associate Professor of Astronomy Russ Sampson Russell Sampson, Associate Professor of Physical Sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University and Assistant Director of Eastern's Robert K.UConn Fire Department and Emergency Management Captain Christopher Renshaw from the UConn Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management and Jeff Wolf, who talks about the Tough Mudder run to benefit the ASD Center. Horizons Brett Donovan, Apprentice Coordinator at Horizons, and camper Scott Langner talk about Scott's music play list at Horizons Radio, weather forecasting, weather analysis and reporting and his WILI intership. Lynn Rosenblatt's Boom Box Parade song Elementary school teacher Lynn Rosenblatt recorded this Boom Box Parade song in 1995. Craig Allen, Medical Director, Rushford, talks about Hartford Healthcare's "Connect To Healthier" initiative, and substance abuse. Joseph's School in Baltic, Carl Holte, parent of several graduates, and Angela Landolphi, mother of three currently enrolled students and former Catholic homeschooling mom. Eastern Connecticut Conservation District Dan Mullins, Executive Director, Jean Pillo, Watershed Conservation Project Manager, Judy Rondeau, Natural Resource Specialist and Matt Snurkowski, Conservation Technician from the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District. Willimantic, Maine First Selectman The First Selectman of Willimantic, Maine, Jim Buchanan tells about the small town in central Maine and its relationship with Willimantic, CT. Airdate: January 12, 2015.2014 CT Veterans Parade Sergeant 1st Class Alex Seretny of Windham, Marshal of Sunday's Connecticut Veterans Parade in Hartford, and Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor honoree, and parade Communications Director Laura Soll. Brian Crudden and Pat Risley Windham High School football coach Brian Crudden and Athletic Director Pat Risley talk about Brian's 39 years of coaching and his November induction into the Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame. Windham Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse in Windham Catina Caban-Owen, Nusie Halpine, Bill Stover and Dennis O'Brien update the progress of Windham's Task Force for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Connecticut's African American Affairs Commission Commissioners Derrick Mc Bride and ECSU sociology professor Dennis Canterbury from Connecticut's African American Affairs Commission. Todd Friedland from the North Windham Animal Hospital takes listener calls about their pets, and talks about the Willimantic Police Dogs "Z," "Fina" and "Sasa," and his 36 years in the community. The Holocaust ECSU's 125th Anniversary: ECSU History Professor, Dr. To hear another interview with Wes, scroll down this page to June 22, 2011. Karmel talks about journalism, sports writing, the World Series, horses, and her feature story on UConn coach Kevin Ollie in the October "Connecticut Magazine." Airdate: October 23, 2013. Norman co-edited Francelia's autobiography "Melted Refrigerator: Comedy and Combat in the Life of a Woman" which has just been published. Elder scams and police issues Willimantic Police Chief Lisa Maruzo-Bolduc and Windham Water Superintendent Jim Hooper talk about elder scams, and police issues like the Boston Marathon bombings, the Newtown shootings, and gun control. Holocaust Remembrance Day Cesar Beltran, Assistant Professor of International Communications at Eastern Connecticut State University and independent journalist Neil Barnett discuss The Holocaust on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Hiker and ornithologist Dave Provencher Hiker, birder and blogger Dave Provencher of Norwich discusses exploring the wilds and wildlife of New England, including his 2011 hike of Mount Washington and the return of birds in the springtime. Husky Heritage Sports Museum Tim Tolokan, Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics at UConn, talks about the Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum and the new UConn trading card exhibit. Rock and Roll singer Chubby Checker Singer Chubby Checker talks about his music roots, the significance of "The Twist," his place in rock and roll history and the legacy of Dick Clark. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band Chief Musician Mark Mc Cormick, contrabass with the U. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band talks about the Coast Guard, Dixieland Music, and the 1967 Saint Louis Cardinals. Windham Tech Culinary Arts Chef Barbarellen Olson, Chef Rachael La Porte and senior students Stephanie Riquier and Tyler Nye from the Windham Tech Culinary Arts Program's "The Uncommon Kitchen." Airdate: February 8, 2012. Larry La Pointe, Jan Cerreto Nuhn, Sue Lester Humes, and Liz Tracy Mackela talk about the Old Saint Joseph's Parish School in Wilimantic. Storyteller Dick Curland Storyteller Dick Curland talks about popular local composers, including Jesse Greer, Eric Osterling, Joe Raposo, Jack Lawrence, Johnny Marks, and former WILI News Director Jay Johnson, who wrote "Blue Christmas." Airdate: November 3, 2011. Wickware Planetarium discusses astronomy and the heavens, eclipses, auroras, and the planetarium's new Spitz System 512 Star Projector. Kal David Blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kal David talks about his blues roots, his days playing lead guitar with the Fabulous Rhinestones, their many dates playing Shaboo, and his Saturday concert in Willimantic. UConn President Susan Herbst UConn President Susan Herbst discusses her background, recent staff changes, her goals, the UConn Health Center, UConn's new technology park, Spring Weekend, her inauguration, and UConn Athletics. ESPN soccer producer Chris Alexopoulos Former WILI newscaster Chris Alexopoulos of Storrs, who is now ESPN lead soccer producer, and whose body of work includes ESPN's World Cup coverage. Long Night Former Hartford Courant writer Mark Mc Grath with Jack Connell of Mansfield talk about "Long Night"--a childrens book about Santa Claus, based on Jack's real life story about giving recycled gifts to children, and about Mark's days covering the news beat in Willimantic. Mark wrote a story about Wayne Norman losing his voice in 1981 which ran on page A2 of The Courant. Windham High School alumni Denis Killeen ('85), Jim Baran ('81), Steve Kaminski ('85), Tom Warinsky ('81), Jen Tonesen ('81) and Pat Risley ('83) talk about the old days at Windham High School and the Windham High reunion, presented by the Class of '81. The Nutmeg Summer Series production of My Fair Lady Actress Eileen Fulton, who portrayed Lisa Miller Grimaldi on As The World Turns for 50 years, talks about her role as Mrs Higgins with actor Richie Ruiz (Alfred Doolittle) in the Connecticut Repertory Theater Nutmeg Summer Series production of "My Fair Lady" at UConn. Windham Fire Departments North Windham Fire Chief John A.Lynn sang at the opening ceremonies of the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games in New Haven in 1995. Original airdate: August 15, 1994UConn Creative Writing Program Emily Chiarelli, Kerrylee Pelkey, Michael Stankowicz, and Kaitlyn Ernst from the UConn Creative Writing Program and the Long River Reading Series. Airdate: September 30, 2014Boy Scout Troop 34 Assistant Senior Patrol Leader James Devivo, Andrew Lambert and John Devivo from Boy Scout Troop 34 in Windham Center talk about Scouting and Membership Monday. QVCC The new president of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Carlee Drummer, QVCC math faculty member Kudzai Zvoma, Windham Tech student Joseph Irizarry, and 2014 QVCC graduate Claudia Dufour. Quilts at the Mill Museum The Executive Director of the Windham Textile and History Museum, Jamie Eves, with fiber artists Melanie Johnson and co-representative of the Connecticut chapter of Studio Art Quilt Associates Catherine Smith talk about quilting and the pre-civil war family heirloom quilt Wayne Norman donated to the museum. Roland Clark--a recognized expert on the treatment of minorities in Central Europe--and Cesar Beltran, Adjunct Professor of Communication at ECSU discuss the Holocaust and Holocaust Remembrance Day. UConn Husky of Honor Ray Allen UConn Men's Basketball Husky Of Honor member Ray Allen interviewed by Wayne Norman at halftime of WILI's broadcast of the Huskies' NCAA Championship win over Kentucky on the UConn/IMG Sports Network. Steve Kotchko Former WILI News Director Steve Kotchko, now in his 40th year as News Director for the Connecticut Radio Network, and WILI's State Capitol correspondent discusses politics, sports, radio, and birding. UConn Husky of Honor Clifford Robinson UConn Husky Of Honor Clifford Robinson, interviewed by Wayne Norman at halftime of UConn's NCAA Elite Eight victory over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014. Alden Weir Anne Dawson, chair of the Visual Arts Department and professor of art history at Eastern Connecticut State University discusses J. Manchester Silk City Chorus Jim Kew (bass), Dan Fontaine (baritone), Jerry Myers (lead), and Ken Distel (tenor) from the Manchester Silk City Chorus discuss--and sing--barbershop quartet music. Hydro Power at the Kirby Mill in Mansfield Sam Shifrin, President, and Michelle Shifrin from Mechatronic Energy Systems talk about the Kirby Mill in Mansfield and hydro power at the mill. Artists Open Studios in Northeastern Connecticut Nationally known contemporary marble and wood sculptor Richard Jaworowski and woodcarver Arrik Kim talk about their art and Artist's Open Studios. Wes Bialosuknia and Fred Shabel, Part 1 Former UConn basketball great Wes Bialosuknia and his coach Fred Shabel. And to hear thoughts of Wes's former UConn teammate Bill Holowaty after Wes died, scroll to October 24, 2013. Firefighting in Willimantic Retired Norwich firefighter Mike Tirone, volunteer firefighter Pete Zizka, and retired Willimantic Fire Captains Al Beaulieu and Edward Lussier talk about the new book Firefighting In Willimantic. New England Central and Providence & Worcester Railroads Bob Richardson, Vice President of the New England Central Railroad and Frank Rogers, Vice President of the Providence & Worcester Railroad discuss railroading in eastern Connecticut and New England. Jamie West--Mustang and horse rescue Former WILI announcer Jamie West talks about horses, equine therapy for depression, grief, and other behavioral issues, along with what it takes to have a great relationship with a horse, and how support for the second most intelligent animal on the planet involves book writing, editing and golf fundraisers. Easton brothers benefit Local musicians Jimi Photon and Luka talk about Sunday's benefit at the Lucky Frog for Mark and Barry Easton, who lost their recording studio in an April fire. Willimantic, Maine and Willimantic, Ct The Executive Director of the Windham Textile and History Museum, Jamie Eves talks about Willimantic, CT's connection to Willimantic, Maine. Joe Hurley Joe Hurley, author of Ten Million Steps on Route 6 -- A fresh look at America and Americans from Cape Cod to California. Ray Evans, with Senior Dispatchers Mike Rohan and Joanne Miles talk about 911 calls, the Willimantic Dispatch Center and the role of the Dispatch Center in Tuesday's massive manhunt in Willimantic. Mansfield Drive In Theater and Marketplace Michael Jungden, owner of the Mansfield Drive In Theater and Marketplace talks about going digital and the opening of a new movie season. Storrs Congregational Church Reverend Matthew Emery, senior pastor of Storrs Congregational Church, and Mark Roy, church historian and member of the 275th Anniversary Committee, talk about the 275th anniversary of the church. Wylie, South Windham Rescue Officer Helene Chapman and Windham Center Deputy Fire Chief Mark Herrick talk about volunteer firefighting and other roles the departments play in the community. Shaboo Blues Fest 2011 David Foster previews the Auxiliary to Windham Hospital's "Shaboo 40th Birthday Festival of Blues Celebration" benefitting the Oncology Department at Windham Hospital and tells stories of the Shaboo Days. Other interviews with David from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and June 2011 are farther down this page.Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum Ray Axelrod, national representative for the National Railroad Historical Society talks about Father's Day events at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, and the greenways of Eastern Connecticut. Windham Theatre Guild Victor Funderburk, Martha Funderburk and Robin Rice from the Windham Theatre Guild preview the upcoming mainstage season, including "Little Shop Of Horrors." Airdate: June 15, 2016. Huggins, Ph D, ATC, LAT, Vice President for Research & Elite Athlete Health and Performance at UConn's Korey Stringer Institute discusses the importance of hydration and preventing sudden death in sports. Operation Fuel and the Willimantic Fuel Banks Pat Wrice, retiring after 18 years as Executive Director of Operation Fuel talks about the Willimantic Fuel Bank and Operation Fuel's summer program. Taste of the Valley Rachael La Porte, General Manager of CLICK--Commercially Licensed Co-Operative Kitchen--and Ruth Alumbaugh talk about Taste Of The Valley and the Garden On The Bridge Concert Series. Sexual Assault Laura Cordes, Executive Director, Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, and Maria Busineau, Program Manager/Bilingual Advocate, Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut. Inventor Ethan Diani Ten year old Hampton Elementary School student Ethan Diani, his mother Jacqueline Freeman and school principal Andrea Lavery talk about Ethan's "Buoy Buddy" invention which he will take to the National Invention Convention in Alexandria, Virginia. Wayne Norman backpacks the Grand Canyon Wayne Norman records his experiences while backpacking the Grand Canyon May 6-10, 2002 with Charlie and Jim Bender, and Dawn and John Drum. To read about Wayne's excursion and see pictures, visit UConn Health graduates Megan Miller, UConn Health Graduate School Class of 2015 Chris Gibson, UConn School of Dental Medicine Class of 2015 Abe Aron, UConn School of Medicine Class of 2015. Ornithologist Morgan Tingley Morgan Tingley, Assistant Professor in UConn's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology discusses birds, bird feeders, bird migration and a movie about bird watching he was involved with. UConn Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Carl Schlichting and Janine Caira, Professors in UConn's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, talk about the Department's 30th anniversary. Airdate: March 4, 2015.2015 Romantic Willimantic Cupid ceremony Romantic Willimantic's first Cupid Wayne Norman hosts the crowning of the 2015 Cupids Brian Crudden and John Lescoe from Windham Town Hall in a ceremony broadcast live on WILI. Environmental policy at UConn Richard Miller, Director, Environmental Policy at UConn, with interns Emily Mc Inerney and Rose Croog discuss global warming, climate change, and UConn's many successful efforts to "go green." Airdate: February 13, 2015. Airdate: June 6, 2014UConn Health sports medicine Dr. Matt Hall, UConn Health sports medicine physicians discuss sports injuries and their experience treating victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. UConn Husky Of Honor Emeka Okafor UConn Men's Basketball Husky Of Honor inductee Emeka Okafor interviewed by Wayne Norman at halftime of WILI's broadcast of the Huskies' NCAA Sweet Sixteen win over Iowa State on the UConn/IMG Sports Network. Alden Weir, the world-famous artist who lived and painted in Windham. Donyell Marshall Wayne Norman interviews former UConn basketball player and Husky of Honor Donyell Marshall during WILI's broadcast of the UConn/Villanova NCAA Tournament game in Buffalo. Carlo Cantamessa a/k/a John Lennon UConn '83 graduate Carlo Cantamessa, who plays John Lennon in "The Cast of Beatlemania," and had a display of "Vintage Beatles Guitars" on display at UConn's Homer Babbidge Library in 2013. Author Dan Foley Author Dan Foley talks about writing in the horror genre, "Death's Companion," "The Whispers of Crows," and working as a Senior Reactor Operator at Millstone and working on a nuclear sub. North Dakota Meteorologist Rob Kupec KVRR-TV Chief Meteorologist Rob Kupec--a Windham native--talks about the frigid weather in Fargo/Moorhead, North Dakota and the Polar Vortex. Orleans lead singer Larry Hoppen with Bruce John and David Foster Musicians David Foster, Bruce John and Orleans lead singer Larry Hoppen talk about the old Shaboo days, Orleans music, and the Bread Box Folk Series. Bill Holowaty talks about the late Wes Bialosuknia Former ECSU baseball coach Bill Holowaty talks about his former UConn Men's Basketball teammate, Wes Bialosuknia, who died of cancer Wednesday at the age of 68. To hear Wayne's interviews with Wes, scroll down this page to June 22, 2011 and May 22, 2007. Joe walked Route 6 from Provincetown, MA to Willimantic, CT to Los Angeles, CA. Mike Huff Retired Tulsa Police detective Mike Huff, one of the lead investigators in the Whitey Bulger murder case discusses Bulger's recent capture and the role Connecticut played. Landscape photographer Jeff Levine Landscape photographer Jeff Levine talks about his photos from India, the Himalayas, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Connecticut and other spots. Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen 2013 Newly crowned Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey and Miss Outstanding Teen Tiana Dyson talk about the pageant and giving back to Connecticut. Celebrate Radio: Wes Bialosuknia and David Foster UConn basketball great Wes Bialosuknia and musician David Foster of the Mohegan Sun All Stars tell stories about radio's impact on their lives. Celebrate Radio: Jim Penders UConn baseball coach Jim Penders--the Big East Coach of the Year--talks about his team's NCAA tournament run, and his memories of great radio moments. Celebrate Radio: Mike Rice Former WILI president Mike Rice, now the president of the Connecticut Broadcaster's Association talks about the CBA's statewide effort to help Red Cross bloodmobiles and tells stories from the early days of WILI and radio in Connecticut. UConn's Korey Stringer Institute Doug Casa, Chief Operating Officer of UConn's Korey Stringer Institute, which works to prevent sudden death in sports, with Ph.Lebanon Farmers Market Lebanon Town Planner and Market Manager Philip Chester and Mary Ellen Weiczorek, Assistant Town Clerk and Market Master talk about the Lebanon Farmers Market, Kids Fun Day, and the Lebanon Farmland Preservation Program. Andover Infusion Station Jennifer Siskind, Local Coordinator from Food And Water Watch Connecticut, and Barbara Hallisey talk about the proposed Andover Infusion Station on Route 6. Barrows STEM Academy Inventors Kate Dudek, kindergarten (cat feeder), Meg Mitchell, 2nd grade (piano foot pedal extender), and Sawyer Baran, 8th grade (icomposer) with teacher Joe Tomanelli from the Barrows STEM Academy who won a national award at the National Invention Convention. Tourism in Connecticut Tim Sullivan, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, talks about Connecticut Open House Day and tourism in Connecticut. Mill Museum Textile Trio Events Faith Kenton, Bev York and videographer Shane Goodrich from the Mill Museum talk about Textile Trio Events in June, quilting, knitting, weaving and spinning. Norwich Tech automotive Connecticut Technical High School System Department Head Peter Fiasconaro, Educational Consultant-Transportation Technologies Dave Kapitulik, with Norwich Tech seniors Devin Bialek (Mystic) and Johnathan O'Neill (Waterford), who were the first team from Connecticut to win the National Automotive Technology Competition. Lutz Children's Museum and Connecticut Chuckles XIII Lutz Children's Museum Animal Program Educator Rachel Hadyka with 6-month old Chuckles XIII, Connecticut's new official state groundhog and Sarge, a 4-foot bald python. Bird watching Andy Rzeznikiewicz, Land Manager with the Connecticut Audubon Society in Pomfret talks about birding, bird migration, bird feeders, owls, woodcocks, and the diminishing monarch butterfly population. Connecticut Technical High Schools Principal Mark D. Janine Caira, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Scientific Collections Manager Dr. D students Julie De Martini, Rebecca Stearns, and Kelly Pagnotta. World traveler Agatha Hoover World traveler Agatha Hoover of Mansfield tells of her plans to go around the world in fifty days, and describes some of her favorite tourism spots worldwide. Technology's role in child abuse Kerry Fair and Christine Collins from Generation Family Health Center talk about technology and how it is affecting the face of child abuse today. Andrea Mc Ardle and Frank Mack Broadway legend Andrea Mc Ardle--the original "Annie" and, star of "Urinetown" at UConn's Connecticut Repertory Theater, with CRT Managing Director Frank Mack. Windham High Girls Basketball Coach Ken Valliere and the five starters for the 2011 Class "M" state champion Windham High girls basketball team--Taylor Mc Bride, Carlee Smith, Danyelle Rodriguez, Haley Mather, and Ali Risley. Andrea Walker Andrea Walker, whose son Kemba led the UConn men's basketball team to the 2011 NCAA championship--interviewed by Wayne Norman at halftime of the UConn/Cincinnati NCAA tournament game on March 17, 2011.